Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
One of the most beautiful gifts in the world is the gift of encouragement. When someone encourages you, that person helps you over a threshold you might otherwise never have crossed on your own.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Try pausing right before and right after undertaking a new action, even something simple like putting a key in a lock to open a door. Such pauses take a brief moment, yet they have the effect of decompressing time and centering you.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
I believe it was Carl Sandburg one time who said that the ugliest word in the English language is "exclusive." Something to think about.
The single clenched fist lifted and ready,
Or the open hand held out and waiting.
For we meet by one or the other.
Monday, October 27, 2008
When things go wrong in our life and we encounter difficult situations we tend to regard the situation itself as the problem, but in reality whatever problems we experience come from the mind. If we were to respond to difficulties with a positive or peaceful mind they would not be problems for us; indeed we may even come to regard them as challenges or opportunities for growth and development. Problems arise only if we respond to situations with a negative state of mind. Therefore, if we want to transform our life and be free from problems we must learn to transform our mind.I found the above right here.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Repetition is the soul of spiritual practice. In any tradition I know of, there are daily practices... and a sense of faithfulness to a daily routine. This takes some gentle self-discipline, encouraged by some support from others within whatever spiritual community you can find to belong to. Doing the same thing over and over again may seem dull but the more you immerse yourself in spirtual practice, diving into it day after day like jumping into the bracing ocean with its sunlit wavetips, the more wonderful it becomes.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Some people think that meditation takes time away from physical accomplishment. Taken to extremes, of course, that's true. Most people, however, find that meditation creates more time than it takes.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
The capacity for getting along with our neighbor depends to a large extent on the capacity for getting along with ourselves. The self-respecting individual will try to be as tolerant of his neighbor's shortcomings as he is of his own.
The remarkable thing is that we really love our neighbor as ourselves: we do unto others as we do unto ourselves. We hate others when we hate ourselves. We are tolerant toward others when we tolerate ourselves. We forgive others when we forgive ourselves.
-- Eric Hoffer
Monday, October 20, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Now, there are many, many people in the world, but relatively few with whom we interact, and even fewer who cause us problems. So, when you come across such a chance for practicing patience and tolerance, you should treat it with gratitude. It is rare. Just as having unexpectedly found a treasure in your own house, you should be happy and grateful to your enemy for providing that precious opportunity.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
When Death Comes
When death comes
like the hungry bear in autumn
when death comes and takes all the bright coins from his purse
to buy me, and snaps his purse shut;
when death comes
like the measle pox;
when death comes
like an iceberg between the shoulder blades,
I want to step through the door full of curiosity, wondering;
what is it going to be like, that cottage of darkness?
And therefore I look upon everything
as a brotherhood and a sisterhood,
and I look upon time as no more than an idea,
and I consider eternity as another possibility,
and I think of each life as a flower, as common
as a field daisy, and as singular,
and each name a comfortable music in the mouth
tending as all music does, toward silence,
and each body a lion of courage, and something
precious to the earth.
When it's over, I want to say: all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was a bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.
When it's over, I don't want to wonder
if I have made of my life something particular, and real.
I don't want to find myself sighing and frightened
or full of argument.
I don't want to end up simply having visited this world.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Ultimately, we have just one moral duty: to reclaim large areas of peace in ourselves, more and more peace, and to reflect it towards others. And the more peace there is in us, the more peace there will also be in our troubled world.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
The Pearl of Great Price
He asked me what I was looking for.
"Frankly," I said, "I'm looking for the Pearl of Great Price."
He slipped his hand into his pocket, drew it out, AND GAVE IT TO ME. It was just like that! I was dumbfounded. Then I began to protest: "You don't want to give it to me! Don't you want to keep it for yourself? But. . ."
When I kept this up, he said finally, "Look, is it better to have the Pearl of Great Price, or to give it away?"
Well, now I have it. I don't tell anyone. From some there would just be disbelief and ridicule.
"You have the Pearl of Great Price? Hah!" Others would be jealous, or someone might steal it.
Yes, I do have it. But there's that question - "Is it better to have it, or to give it away?" How long will that question rob me of my joy?
Saturday, October 11, 2008
If everything is connected to everything else, then everyone is ultimately responsible for everything. We can blame nothing on anyone else. The more we comprehend our mutual interdependence, the more we fathom the implications of our most trivial acts. We find ourselves within a luminous organism of sacred responsibility.
Friday, October 10, 2008
The greatest discovery of our generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind. As you think, so shall you be.
Thursday, October 09, 2008
The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life's plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life.
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
The man who sat on the ground in his tipi meditating on life and its meaning, accepting the kinship of all creatures and acknowledging unity with the universe of things was infusing into his being the true essence of civilization.
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
We do experience happiness with things outside ourselves, but it doesn't truly satisfy us or free us from our problems. It is a poor-quality happiness, unreliable and short-lived. This does not mean that we should give up our friends or possessions in order to be happy. Rather, what we need to give up are our misconceptions about them and our unrealistic expectations of what they can do for us.I really like the point that a happiness based on exterior conditions is unreliable. That truth is a big contributor to my motivation to keep meditating. I want an approach I can count on!
Monday, October 06, 2008
It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words: "And this, too, shall pass away."
Sunday, October 05, 2008
Live simply and take life more easily. Happiness lies in giving yourself time to think and to introspect. Be alone once in a while, and remain more in silence.
Saturday, October 04, 2008
You might also like to take a look at some information on the so-called "just world theory".
Expecting the world to treat you fairly
because you are a good person
is a little like expecting the bull not to attack you
because you are a vegetarian.
Friday, October 03, 2008
Thursday, October 02, 2008
It is essential that we not view our spiritual practice as a commodity or an achievement. It's must be about letting go to work. Truly. Truly.
The spiritual path, as Meister Eckhart observed, has more to do with subtraction than with addition. It is not so much a matter of adding all the active virtues to one's practice of living as of relinquishing everything that can possibly be abandoned. How much can you leave behind?
— Belden C. Lane in The Solace of Fierce Landscapes
To Practice This Thought: Survey the activities you do most days. Abandon one that is selfish and energy depleting.
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Times are difficult globally; awakening is no longer a luxury or an ideal. It's becoming critical. We don't need to add more depression, more discouragement, or more anger to what's already here. It's becoming essential that we learn how to relate sanely with difficult times. The earth seems to be beseeching us to connect with joy and discover our innermost essence. This is the best way that we can benefit others.That's what meditation is all about - waking up to what is real. Let us all make a commitment to use whatever comes our way as material for the path of awakening. Times truly are indeed difficult. We all need to do what we can and that means doing our spiritual work as a foundation for whatever else we are able to do.